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Sasikala Likely To Be Sacked On Sep 12 General Council Meet:- From the post of interim General Secretary of the AIADMK, VK Sasikala is likely to be sacked by the EPS-OPS Camp. The camp has fixed September 12 as the date for her ouster at the General council meeting scheduled to held in Chennai on September 12.
A resolution was passed on Monday declaring appointments and expulsions made by TTV Dhinakaran as “null and void”. Since the Election Commission has not ratified the appointment of Sasikala as General Secretary, it cited the August 10 decision that made his position as deputy general secretary “untenable”.
Hours after a meeting of the office-bearers, the official announcement from the AIADMK headquarters on the General council meet came. This meet was held under party coordinator O Panneerselvam and joint coordinator Edappadi K Palanisamy. The two leaders resolved to further distance the party from the family by passing four resolutions.
“Executive Council and General Council of the AIADMK will be held on September 12 at 10.35 am at Sri Varu Venkatachalapathy Palace Thirumana Mandapam in Vanagaram under the chairmanship of Presidium Chairman E Madhusudhanan.
Members of the Executive and General Council have been requested to attend the meeting along with their invitation,” a press release from AIADMK said. The release, which said it “was being issued with the approval of office-bearers” of the AIADMK, came after the meeting resolved that the Executive and General Council of the party will be convened soon. According to the release, it “was being issued with the approval of office-bearers” of the AIADMK, came after the meeting resolved that the Executive and General Council of the party will be convened soon.
A resolution removing Sasikala from the post of general secretary would be moved at the meeting, highly placed sources in the AIADMK told a leading news channel.
“Removing Sasikala from her post is one of the major pre-conditions for the merger of rival factions of the AIADMK and it is imperative that the condition is met. So, the general council is being convened to formally ratify the decision that has already been taken,” a senior party leader said. However, whether the council meet would elect new general secretary, the sources were tight-lipped. Interestingly, the legislators did not find a place in the list of people who constitute the General Council.
As more than 40 MLAs failed to turn up, the meeting at the AIADMK headquarters brought to the fore deep divisions within the AIADMK, which was a clear indication that many are “sitting on the wall.” When questioned about the absence of several MLAs, a senior minister said 22 legislators among them are camping at a resort in Puducherry and others might be “unwell”.
To remove those appointed by late AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa from party posts, Dinakaran had no right or qualification. His announcements in this regard are not binding on party cadre.
Dinakaran’s appointment as deputy general secretary is not valid according to party bye-laws,” a resolution adopted at the meeting said. The resolution assumes significance in the wake of Dinakaran sacking Chief Minister and his ministerial colleagues from their party posts.
The Monday's meeting also decided to initiate legal steps to ensure that party-backed media “Namadhu Dr MGR” and “Jaya TV” “continued to hail” Jayalalithaa, seen as an attempt to wrest control of them from the Dinakaran camp.